Now the history has been made on April 12th, 2017, changing all that, when an international team of astronomers captured the first-ever image of Sagittarius A*. In order to achieve these astronomers used a series of telescopes around the globe, collectively known as Event Horizon telescope.
With the help of Event Horizon telescope astronomers were able to visualize the mysterious region around this huge black hole from which matter and energy cannot escape – i.e. the event horizon.
The Event Horizon Telescope started studying our galaxy’s central Black hole, located about 25,000 light years from Earth, in 2006.
Michael Bremer who is an astronomer at International Research Institute for Radio Astronomy and also a project manager for the Event Horizon Telescope, said:”Instead of building a telescope so big that it would probably collapse under its own weight, we combined eight observatories like the pieces of a giant mirror. This gave us a virtual telescope as big as the Earth-about 10,000 kilometers is diameter.”
You can read about the more technical stuff, that how astronomers used EHT to capture the first image of the Black Hole here.
“It is the challenge of doing something that has never been attempted before. It is the start of an adventurous journey towards a black hole However, I think we need more observation campaigns and eventually more telescopes in the network to make a really good image.”
With time, the further study of black holes will allow us to finally determine how gravity and the other essential forces of the Universe interact.